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Surviving School Reform: A Year in the Life of One School

reviewed by Judy Randi - 1997

coverTitle: Surviving School Reform: A Year in the Life of One School
Author(s): Laraine K. Hong
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807735205, Pages: 197, Year: 1996
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Promising to convey the "sweat and tears of school reform" (p. xv), Surviving School Reform chronicles the trials and tribulations encountered by Jefferson Elementary educators making their way through one turbulent year in their quest for school reform. By the late 1980s, Jefferson was already hard at work planning to become one of Washington state's first "Schools for the Twenty-First Century." Perhaps lured by funding and almost certainly cheered on by the school's new principal, a group of eleven staff members and six parents mapped out their vision for a new Jefferson. The result was a seventy-five page proposal, a busy blueprint for a "Developmental Community School" incorporating "innovative" approaches to learning, including cooperative learning, whole language, multicultural education, integrated curriculum, and multiage grouping. Readers learn about these ambitious plans a few pages into the first chapter when the vision that launched Jefferson's voyage is unfolded in a flashback. But before this, readers are treated to a description of who really counts at Jefferson, a glimpse of practice... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 1, 1997, p. 226-228
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10272, Date Accessed: 4/13/2021 12:01:30 AM

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  • Judy Randi
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    Judi Randi is adjunct assistant professor, Teachers College, Columbia University. She is coauthor, with Lyn Corno, of "Teachers as Innovators," in The International Handbook of Teachers and Teaching, eds. B. Biddle, T. Good, and I. Goodson (Kluwer, 1997).
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